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Old 07-31-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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Houston Texans open up training camp without Watt, Hopkins

The beginning of the NFL season is finally here as Houston Texans fans flocked to NRG Park for the first day of training camp on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the team and its fans, two star players were not on the field.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is holding out while seeking a new contract. Hopkins is playing under his rookie contract signed in 2013 as the team's first-round selection.

The team exercised the fifth-year option on his contract in April, meaning he has two years remaining on his contract.

"That's between my agents and the Texans," Hopkins said last week. "I love this city, I don't want to play anywhere else but here. The rest will work itself out, hopefully."

.@JJWatt at Texans practice @KPRC2</p>-- Alex Radow (@alexradow) July 31, 2016 On the other side of the ball, star defensive end JJ Watt is recovering from back surgery and is expected to miss training camp and the preseason.

"I'm glad we found it and took care if it. Will get me healthy for the season," Watt said. "I feel good and my body feels good. I am just listening to my doctors."

Osweiler " training camp is a grind and it is all about embracing that grind" #Texans #TexansCamp</p>-- Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) July 31, 2016 One player fans did get a look at was new starting quarterback Brock Osweiler.

"Training camp is a grind and it is all about embracing that grind," Osweiler said. "With DeAndre being one of your go-to guys and not being here, it's difficult, but I totally understand what he's doing."

Coach O'Brien taking care of some fans. @KPRC2 #TexansCamp</p>-- Adam Wexler (@awexlerKPRC) July 31, 2016 Head coach Bill O'Brien said the players worked hard and came to camp in good shape.

"Operationally it was a good day, especially for first unit," O'Brien said. "You just have to coach the guys that are here."

Several players signed autographs for fans.

More than 4,600 fans were in attendance Sunday.

Lamar Miller & Will Fuller signing autographs at #TexansCamp @KPRC2</p>-- Lainie Fritz (@KPRC2Lainie) July 31, 2016 Here's the schedule for the remaining camp practices that are open to the public. Make sure to check to see if any free tickets are left.

Tuesday, Aug. 2 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 8:30-11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 8:55-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 TBA J.J. Watt Overview | PointAfter DeAndre Hopkins Overview | PointAfter

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